A straightforward goal of mindfulness is to simply be more present in your life, and that goal forms the basis of today’s practice.
- Choose an activity that you will already do today—for example, dishes, finishing up a report, preparing food, folding laundry, writing a blog post—and for five minutes focus on truly being present for that activity.
- Begin with a few deep breaths. Breathe in slowly through your nose to a count of three, breathe out slowly to a count of six.
- Release the tension in your shoulders, neck, face, and back.
- Then spend five minutes doing what you’re doing. In other words, no planning what you will do after, checking your e-mail or facebook, listening to music.
- Simply do what you’re doing (which, of course, is not necessarily simple at all).
If you don’t have a full five minutes, just try what you can, where you can.
Let me know if you try it. I’d love to hear what you think!